HELPING MAKE YOUR GROWTH JOURNEY MORE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE
Sometimes, even experienced business owners, find themselves on the Struggle Bus with certain tasks and projects. You can spend days on something that would only take minutes if you had the right tools and support.
We want to make sure that your path to more clients is a smooth as possible, so we've gathered up some of our favorite tools here for you and hope that they can help to reduce stress and grow your business.
Spend the time you save on attracting new clients.
AN EFFICIENT & EFFECTIVE TOOL TO BUILD AND NURTURE YOUR EMAIL LIST
With email list building being the #1 marketing priority for wedding planners, catering professionals, and private chefs, it is essential to have technology that leads you to your goals without leaving you confused and frustrated.
ConvertKit is a powerful email service provider (ESP) that provides automation capabilities without the high price tag.
From creating evergreen sequences, tagging and segmenting, sending out broadcasts, and a variety of brand-friendly opt-in templates, there simply isn't any better.
Delivery rates to your audience inboxes are high, ensuring maximum open-rates for well written and strategic emails.
BUILD AN AUDIENCE OF YOUR IDEAL CUSTOMER ON SOCIAL MEDIA MORE QUICKLY
Social media posting is a great way to engage with your audience and build know, like, and trust. But what do you do if you are just getting started and you don't have that many followers?
What you don't do is buy fake followers just to get your count up. That is vanity, not marketing.
What you do do is go out like, post, and engage with your ideal customer to attract them to your profile and build up your account with real followers. But, that can be very time consuming to do manually. Instead, use Kicksta to handle that for you. We have used it to supercharge our follower growth and build a valuable audience that is more likely to book.
THE WEDDING, CATERING, & EVENTS INDUSTRY SOCIAL MEDIA ADS AND ANALYTICS GURU
Social media ads are one of the most effective methods of reaching new ideal customers. Maximize your ad efforts and dollars by hiring Christie Osborne and Mountainside Media. Not only is Christie a social media and Google ads expert, but she is also the go-to ad specialist for our team at Flourish Marketing.
Mountainside Media helps you create highly-converting ads and develops strategies and analytics to measure your success to keep your business growing.
Students of Email Marketing Master Plan, this is who we recommend to help you promote your lead magnet.
ALEYA'S PUBLICIST & AWARD-WINNING WEDDING INDUSTRY PR AGENCY
Becoming well-known in the wedding industry is critical to business stability and longevity. But, it can be hard to figure out how to tap into the world of guest blogging, podcasting, and speaking by yourself. Where do you even start?
Getting a publicist will open doors for your business that you never even knew existed and provide you a clear path forward. Not only do you not have to go it alone, but you also will reach better contacts, get more placements, and see a greater return on your efforts.
Before Aleya started working with OFD Consulting, she had 4 speaking engagements in one year. After Meghan Ely and her OFD team worked their magic, she had 20 in a span of 4 months.
Students of Email Marketing Master Plan, if you are looking to fast-track your brand awareness and lead magnet promotion, we wholeheartedly recommend that you sign up with OFD Consulting or the OFD Collective.
ALEYA'S FAVORITE THINGS
TOP MARKETING, PERSONAL GROWTH, AND SELF CARE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM ALEYA
Are you itching for a new book to help navigate through a marketing challenge? Are you on a personal and professional growth journey and could use some direction? Do you find yourself curious about effective self-care tools that will leave you feeling great?
Aleya's got you covered.
Check out Aleya's Favorite Things Amazon Storefront for her top picks to help wedding, catering, and event industry pros get more clients and enjoy their entrepreneurial journey. Plus, a few fun bits are thrown in there, too!
ONE-STOP SHOP FOR OUTSOURCING
Meet affordable virtual assistants, freelance specialists, and boutique agencies to help grow your business within 1 business day. No signup fees. No minimums. Choose from professionals abroad or in the US. Fixed hourly rates. Pay FreeeUp, not the professionals.
Services that will help your food, catering, wedding, or event business include:
OUR ORGANIZATION MUST-HAVE
Trello is our absolute favorite organization tool. We use it to plan everything from product launches to speaking presentations. It is especially great to keep our team on the same page without sending thousands of emails.
Things you can do in your wedding, catering, and events business with this awesome free tool:
Create lists with due dates and labels
Move tasks between various stages of completion
Make comments on tasks
Upload files and images to tasks
Create checklists in tasks
Trello is perfect for when you are planning to batch create fresh weekly content.
CREATE INCREDIBLE QUIZZES TO BUILD YOUR EMAIL LIST
If creating an email list of your ideal clients is your priority (which it should be), look no further. Quizzes are the perfect list building tool as they are engaging and fun for your audience and also full of intel for you.
If you are an Email Marketing Master Plan student, you will get a wonderful worksheet in one of the modules that you can use as a baseline to create your quiz.
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Want to see an Interact quiz in action? Click here to take our quiz to see what part of your business you need to focus on to grow.
A QUICK AND EASY WAY TO ADD POTENTIAL CLIENTS TO YOUR EMAIL LIST
If you are at an event or tradeshow, it can be difficult to make sure to capture everyone's information. You end up with business cards that get lost and sign up sheets that are illegible.
Wouldn't it be easy if a simple text messcould capture email addresses and send lead magnet content? Well, that is exactly what Textiful does.
Plus, Textiful integrates with ConvertKit, so you don't have to manage multiple lists in multiple tools.
CREATE PROFESSIONAL LOOKING DESIGNS WITH EASE
While there is definitely a time and place to hire a design agency to create big assets like websites, business cards, logos, and pull-up banners, there are jobs here and there that you can do yourself using Canva's templates:
Facebook covers to match your business focus
Social media stories icons
Social media text posts
CREATE MOCKUPS QUICKLY AND EASILY
We love Placeit, because it helps us better communicate visually. Why just show a screenshot of your social media accounts, when you could show your account on an actual smartphone? Placeit provides smart templates to make design easy.
You see the iMac with the homepage of Placeit? We created that using Placeit in like 20 seconds.
This is a great tool to use when creating flyers, Instagram Stories, or even in proposals.
SCHEDULE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS TO SAVE TIME
If you subscribe to The Social Media Pantry, you are already very familiar with how powerful it is to have all of your social media posts for the month done and scheduled.
Later.com is an easy way to help you stay consistent on social media to build better relationships that are more likely to convert to customers.
It is free to get started and we highly recommend you sign up.
SUPPORT FOR ONE-OFF TASKS
We use fiverr.com when we need quick tasks done that don't happen all the time. It is great for getting images PhotoShopped and finding people to edit your writing or to transcribe your video content.
It is nice to have fiverr.com as a resource because that means we get to focus on helping you get and keep a consistent stream of clients instead of spending hours learning how to do something that won't benefit us or you in the long-run.
SEND OUT CARDS
CONNECT WITH CUSTOMERS WITH THOUGHTFUL CARDS VIA MAIL
We are firm believers in the power of email marketing, but sometimes you need to make a connection in IRL (in real life). But greeting cards and snail mail don't have to be a manual process. We love the concept of Send Out Cards, which helps you send personalized greeting cards and notes in an automated way.
Use the service to make the connection and stand out from the digital crowd.
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